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Nobel Laureate Says Pandemic Raising Violence, Trafficking

Outlook, United Nations, 12/1/2020

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women on the line. Murad, a UNODC goodwill ambassador for trafficking survivors, noted that November 30 was International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, and expressed hope that the spotlight would “amplify the urgent need to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking.” She spoke virtually at a U.N. meeting on November 30, 2020 titled ‘Locked down and locked-in: Standing against sexual violence and human trafficking during the COVID-19 pandemic’. She said that the domestic tensions have intensified in confined living spaces, and stay-at-home orders “are increasing human trafficking farther underground, out of sight of law enforcement.”

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